The Iconic Ultraman Is Coming to Marvel Comics This Year in “The Rise of Ultraman”

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Ultraman artwork by Ed McGuinness and Matthew Wilson (Image: Marvel PR)

During C2E2, it was revealed by Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski that fans should get ready for Ultraman to get a new series. The Rise of Ultraman will be launched sometime later this year.

The upcoming The Rise of Ultraman Issue 1 is said to “revisit the classic first generation of the worldwide phenomenon.” The creative team has by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom co-writing the project with art by Francesco Manna.

For those who don’t know Higgins has worked on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Winter Soldier. Groom is from Self/Made. Manna has worked on Jason Aaron’s Avengers and Dan Slott’s Fantastic Four.

A few years ago, thanks to my time on Power Rangers, I was able to discover and learn more about Tokusatsu. With its wildly different conventions and inspirations, Tokusatsu — and Ultraman in particular — has been a huge source of joy for me,” Higgins shared. “It’s a genre so ripe with possibilities, even down to what we conceive of in the structure of Super Hero storytelling. It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring Ultraman to Marvel.”

Monsters in fiction have been embodying all that is dark and scary in our world for as long as we’ve been telling stories. But I don’t think anybody understood the immense scale of our most pressing problems quite like Eiji Tsuburaya,” said Groom. “He imagined the darkness looming overhead as tall as skyscrapers— alien and unknowable and ANGRY. But he also imagined us being able to stand up to those monsters, by rising above our worst impulses and embracing a nobler way of being. He imagined ULTRAMAN. What does that mean in this complex, contradictory world of lies? We’re going to find out…

For those keeping track, Marvel Comics and Tsuburaya Productions announced a landmark collaboration (at the end of last year) to “produce all-new stories based on the classic Ultraman series starring the beloved pop culture icon, Ultraman.”

Ultraman debuted back during the 1960s.

More details will be shared as the release date draws closer.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the titular character ends up being from an alternate reality in the Marvel Comics Universe. As far as I know, Marvel Comics recently brought Conan the Barbarian into the main timeline. Maybe Ultraman will be making a similar jump or be part of certain crossovers? Let’s see what happens.

Are you an Ultraman fan? Feel free to leave a comment.

(via Marvel Press Release)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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